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Kentucky State Police Warns Public of Scam Using KSP Name

Date of News Release: 3/2/2017

Madisonville, KY. (March 2, 2017) – The Kentucky State Police Post 2 Madisonville is advising the public of a scam that is not new, but has resurfaced in the area and the Kentucky State Police is mentioned by the caller.

The victim contacted KSP Post 2 on Thursday, March 2, after receiving a similar phone call. The male caller advised the victim that he was “an officer with the I.R.S.” The caller said his name was Michael Lee and gave a badge number of IRM29471. The victim was then told that he had been audited by the I.R.S. and that the Kentucky State Police were involved in the investigation and warrants were active for the victim’s arrest. The caller insisted that the victim give his Social Security Number to help clear up the warrants.

The phone number that called the victim was 1-585-209-9462. It appears that the phone number was generated by an App.

At the present time, this is the only report of this type of scam received by Post 2.

The Kentucky State Police would remind everyone to never give out your Social Security Number or other personal information over the phone.

To report a possible scam, please contact the KSP Post 2 Madisonville at 1-270-676-3313 or toll-free, in Kentucky, at 1-800-222-5555 or contact your local law enforcement agency.

KSP has a toll-free number (1-800-222-5555) that citizens can call to confidentially report impaired drivers or criminal activity. They can also download the free KSP mobile phone app. The app provides quick, direct access to KSP including weather, road and traffic information as well as text, voice and photo tip capabilities to report criminal behavior. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.